Wired headsets are great in the sense that you never need to charge them and that they're pretty much just plug-in-and-go, but wireless headsets also have distinct advantages. We've just been testing Turtle Beach Stealth 600 for PlayStation 4, and this is a great wireless option for those who would rather not get tangled in cables.
The setup is incredibly simple for both, and there's minimal fuss when it comes to getting ready to go. In the case of the 600 it's pretty much just a case of plugging the USB receiver into the front of your PS4, and then turning your headset on, and you're ready to go.
Once you're up and running you can then adjust the levels of the audio you hear via both the options on the console as well as two sliders at the back of the left earpiece, one of which adjusts general volume and the other adjusts how much feedback you receive of your own voice (sort of like an echo, which can be turned completely off).
Having recorded some voice messages to see how our audio sounds, as well as feedback from those we played with, the audio quality is great in terms of what people hear through the mic, and is equally good when you're hearing both party and in-game audio yourself. Again, both of these can be adjusted to suit as well, depending on personal preference.
Speaking of audio, we very much appreciated the microphone muting as you flip it up. A lot of headphones someone bursting into the room or wanting your attention would lead to either an unplugging of the headset or a fumble for a mute button, but with the microphone muting when you flip it up as it does here across both models, there's an easy solution to switch between real-life conversations and digital chatter.
There are various audio options on the headset too, activated by pushing the 'mode' button on the side of the headset, and these are Signature Sound; Bass Boost; Bass and Treble Boost; and Vocal Boost. For your casual gamer, these probably won't be touched too much, but it's great that for those who want it they can be switched at the touch of a button. Virtual surround sound is also included, although that's not something we particularly noticed when playing.
One thing that was particularly impressive was the Superhuman Hearing mode, activated by tapping the power button. Here everything becomes that bit louder, and your hearing becomes more sensitive in-game, perfect for detecting subtle enemy movements such as footsteps, and feeling the weight of each bullet you fire. This is where the bass and treble boosts really come in handy, and we very much appreciated the audio quality here.
In terms of physical design, the headset does a great job here too. Although the outer design and the plastic are minimal and do the job, the foam padding is what we liked most about the headset, as on the top there's thick, comfortable cushioning for the head, while around the ears was soft foam, being extra soft to accommodate for glasses where they would sit.
In short, we had a good experience with our Stealth 600 headset when playing the PS4, and experienced minimal issues when using it. The sound quality was good on both ends, it blocked outside distractions nicely, and allowed us to get on with our gaming with some extra bells and whistles for convenience's sake.